Self-Billowing Flagpole


Self-Billowing Flagpole


         This is a technique to keep flags billowing when the wind is not strong enough to unfurl naturally, at the Olympics, the United Nations, and the opening of Embassies, etc.

         An electric fan in the base blows air up inside the flagpole, and out vents at the flag.  Plastic spinners keep the flag from wrapping around the pole, and directs the flag to billow out in a natural way. 


A recent installation of the self-billowing flagpole, in Hong Kong.  For sales information, please contact:





Hines’ Lab book #2, p. 71

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Credit where credit is due.

     After conceiving and designing the self-billowing flagpole above, a patent search turned up US Patent 7,017,510 issued to Baskaran Nair, but which causes the flag to blow in a fixed direction, for example North.  (In my version, the spinners allow the flag to turn and blow in the direction of the prevailing wind.)


      Please contact Steve Hines with any questions by email, or at 818-507-5812.